Carey Lewis Devotions
Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011
Friends To Success: Hope
Take hold of the hope set before us. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast.
Hebrews 6:18-19 (NAS)
Hope does not disappoint.
Romans 5:5 (NAS)
Hope is the substance of dreams; it provides fuel for the pursuit of a calling. When God's performers live in hope, it bubbles up from them in the form of sparkling talent. Hope is intriguing. It's a magical ingredient that mixes with God's best gifts to create what the watching world calls the 'It' factor.

Hope combines with faith, forming the confidence to pursue audition after audition--not knowing the outcome, but believing God that it will be good. Hope joins with patience to form fortitude, the endurance needed by all of God's people while they wait on the perfect conclusion He promises.

Hope does not receive the word 'No,' but translates it to 'Not now. Not this. Wait a bit. Victory is coming.' God's warriors wear hope 'as a helmet, the hope of salvation' (1 Thessalonians 5:8). It is protection against negativity from the enemy.

Hope enables performers to open their mouths when others fear to speak. 'Therefore having such a hope, we use great boldness in our speech' (2 Corinthians 3:12).

Hope prays for 'The paths of all who forget God' (Job 8:13) because hope is generous. Encouraging hope in others increases the hope of the giver.

Hope blends with vision to create characters, roles, songs, movements, energy, and beauty. It gives performers depth and light.

Hope is not man-made. It has nothing to do with landing a role or winning an Oscar. It has everything to do with victory and glory. No one can steal your hope, but the devil will tempt you to give it up. Don't do it. Trust God for the strength to raise hope as a flag, and follow it through everything.

Hope is your ongoing invitation to God as you wait on Him to fulfill the dreams he has given you. 'Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it onto completion...' (Philippians 1:6).

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Enemies and Friends To Success series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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